Corrupted by Culture

I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray. As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him. 1 John 2:26-27  NIV

Some of you know that I used to be quite the political and news junky.  I have been on a television news and political fast since November.  I mostly read my news now from alternative sources than the main-stream media. We cut off our cable television and don’t bother with watching most of the news- except the weather (I am still a weather junkie, haha). 

I found I was being badly influenced by the things being reported in the news and was spending far too much time embroiled in worldly things over which I have no control.  My thinking was being affected; in other words, my heart was being affected by the news I watched.

Conservative thinkers- biblical thinkers cannot help but see the moral slide we are now on as a nation.  In the past several days I have read stories about heinous abortionists laughing about the size of the living infants as they murdered them. I have read that certain states may soon require insurance companies to pay for abortions. I have seen reports of CEO’s of corporations telling us- you and I conservative Christians- he doesn’t want us purchasing stock in his gazillion dollar company if we do not agree with marriage for anyone to anything.  What on earth is going on here?!

As Christians – how should you and I look at culture? Who and what should be shaping our thinking? The Gospel! God’s Word! The Gospel-Truth that you and I are insufficient in and of ourselves. That our lives are stained by sin. That we are damned to hell, apart from a sinless Savior. We’re talking about the Person, thoughts, and words of the Divine. “In the beginning was the Word – and the Word was with God and the Word was God!” – John 1:1.

The Gospel isn’t a formula – it is the work of the God-man, Who suffered for our sins, Who paid the price to remove the consequences of our sin from us. The Bible is the absolute, primary influence that should be affecting our thinking because it is the very thoughts and words of our Savior. It is the standard by which we should examine and conclude what is true. It is the measure we should use to assess whether or not what culture tells us is in fact correct, or full of grievous, grievous error.

The Bible – the GOSPEL, is inspired Truth. And it is the Bible that should tell us how we examine culture, as it is culture that is informing us how we are to look at the issues of our world.  It is God’s Word that should filter our thinking about how the world and its cultural

There really is a THEY and a WE. They are the world. They are post-modern, post-church, post-legalistic influence. They are hipster, rebellious, and anti-authority. They are subjective or relative in their thinking, and live in a world where ones actions are dictated by how they FEEL. They want excuses for their behavior; labels to misrepresent the real problems, and everything handed to them on a silver-spoon, by our government, employers, or selected cultural task-masters. They want influence and freedom, with no accountability.

But WE…WE are the people of God. We HAVE an absolute authority, with convictions that are founded in a Power that is greater than ourselves. We abide in a Truth that touts our insufficiency and boasts in the Glory of Divine Intervention, Help, and Guidance. We call what the world labels as something else what it really is: sin.  

Parts of this post have been adapted from The Theology of Addiction by Stephen Ganschow. Thanks for allowing me to use it, son.